Pint-sized bar opens
Paisano’s owners to open Eddie Gaedel Pub and Grill in Elburn
by Elizabeth Rago
ELBURN—Small-business owners Annette and Dick Theobald are tentatively scheduled to open the Eddie Gaedel Pub and Grill, located at 117 North Main St. in Elburn, in May. The couple are Kaneville residents who have teamed up with Rob and Myra Ottoson to purchase the Main Street property.
Annette and Dick are not newcomers to the restaurant business. In 2003, they opened Paisano’s Pizza and Grill, which sits across the street from the couple’s new eatery.
“At the time we opened Paisano’s, Jim and Rita Cotti opened their bar (at 117 North Main St.) and we were able to have our pizza menu on their tables,” Annette said. “The Cottis became one of our top customers. By purchasing the bar, we are able to offer our customers a place to have a pizza and a cold beverage.”
The Theobalds purchased the pub location from Jim Cotti, but state they were not originally looking to buy a bar.
Instrumental in the design and renovation of Eddie Gaedel Pub and Grill, the Ottosons and local tradesmen have been busy completing the punch list of changes to transform the restaurant’s interior and exterior.
“By renovating the bar, we hope to improve the historic section of downtown Elburn,” Annette said. “We feel we will only complement a night out on the town in downtown Elburn, which will bring more people more often to downtown.”
Besides pizza from the Paisano’s menu, Eddie Gaedel’s will serve burgers, paninis, mini-sandwiches such as pulled pork and roast beef, paired with salads, soup and appetizers. The bar will stock beverages like craft beers, wine, martinis and frozen drinks.
With their reputation for service, food and a vested interest in the Kaneland community, the Theobalds look forward to catering to existing customers, and hope to draw new patrons with the option to relax, have a meal and watch their favorite sports team.
Since Paisano’s has been widely supported by the community, Annette and Dick felt it only natural to anchor their efforts locally by rallying behind area businesses to provide free advertising on Paisano’s pizza boxes, sponsoring local sports teams and donating gift certificates to area fundraisers, to name a few.
So, how will Eddie Gaedel give back?
“That’s a good question,” Annette said. “We will sponsor adult softball teams and be on the lookout for organizations to donate gift certificates to. We are in the process of exploring other ways to give back to the community.”
To follow along with the renovation and launch of Eddie Gaedel Pub and Grill, visit www.facebook.com/#!/EddieGaedelPubandGrill.
The Theobalds are happily accepting applications for experienced and certified cooks and bartenders. Interested persons can fill out an application at Paisano’s, 106 N. Main St. in Elburn, or send a direct message on Facebook at www.facebook.com/#!/EddieGaedelPuband Grill.